The Silver Crescent. Published by permission of the War Office.

De Chair, Somerset.

Book ID: 10484


Small 4to. 126 pp., [1], frontis. b/w plates, endpaper maps, original quarter morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, title gilt on raised spine, The Golden Cockerel Press, London, 1943.


This edition is limited to 500 copies, of which numbers 1-30 are bound in full morocco, numbers 31-500 in quarter morocco. This copy is numbered 132 in pencil.
Somerset de Chair (1911-1995) was an English author, politician, poet and was Intelligence Officer with “Kingcol”, a Flying Column. He was sent with his column from Palestine to Baghdad to deal with the effects of the “Golden Square” coup amongst nationalist Iraqi military officers. Their operation was a complete success, Baghdad falling on 30 May 1941; the book cover this and subsequent operations in Syria.

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